Wanted to Love it, but I don't
I came across this camera when shopping for the Panasonic FZ200 and being a Ricoh/Pentax admirer, I checked it out, seem to have good reviews but planned to get the Panasonic FZ200 anyway. But then I found it on sale for $149 so I bought it. At that price I could give up a nicer EVF and the wider aperture of the Panasonic.
My first impressions were similar to other reviews. I don't mind double A batteries but the fall out easily when removing the SD card. But my main problem with camera is it seems to be sluggish compared to any of my Panasonic's I already own. Pressing the EVF button has a long delay compared to my LF1 EVF button, and pressing the shutter has a lag even in good light.
I also knew the EVF was low resolution but I underestimated how hard it would be to track objects with it when zoomed in which would make it tough for birding. I am not sure if a wider field of view would help much, but I think a red dot site would. I am not penalizing the camera for the EVF as the fold out LCD is useful.
I took some Macro photos with it, and its actually quite excellent and the images were wonderful. But I also tried taking some decently lit indoor portraits at the max f3.1 with it as well as some bird shots in good afternoon light and I was not impressed. Even when the subjects were in focus, the were not sharp. I did see you can adjust the sharpness settings, but since there is no .RAW capability I was disappointed with over all image quality. In fairness I was testing the absolute limits of the camera for my intended use which any camera like this will not work miracles, but I was able to get way sharper images from my 12MP Panasonic LF1 with only 200mm equivalent zoom by cropping some.
I wouldnt consider my review the gospel as I am returning after a day and I have a limited purposes in mind. I did like the menu and layout of controls. I think my wife would do OK with it, but I think she would want something with less shutter lag.
It was too slow in Kid/pet/ or sports modes to get a single decent shot.
I think if you are into Macros this camera is great, but I plan to spend more and get a decent bird/macro superzoom. I am rating high on Still life for macro capability.
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